The Honda Classic 4th Round Odds, Picks and Preview

Matt Jones

Matt Jones, of Australia, gets ready to hit from the 17th tee during the third round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Saturday, March 20, 2021, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

  • Matt Jones leads by three strokes over Aaron Wise and J.B. Holmes at the Honda Classic
  • Twelve golfers are within five shots of the lead heading into the final round on Sunday afternoon
  • See the updated odds at PGA National below for Sunday’s final round

Through five holes of Saturday’s round at the Honda Classic, the tournament was well in hand for second round leader Aaron Wise as he built up a commanding six stroke edge. However, Wise dropped seven shots coming into the clubhouse, allowing everyone back into it, including Matt Jones, who has one PGA Tour victory (2014 Houston Open.)

If you were to place a bet on the 40-year-old Aussie to win outright at the start of the week, you’d be sitting pretty right now, as he faced long odds as a +8500 underdog. He grabbed the first round lead with a course record tying 9-under, 61 and has hung around to open up a three shot cushion.

With Holes 15 through 17 swallowing up a bevy of golf balls, no lead is safe on the ‘bear trap’ and there are plenty of golfers ready to pounce should Jones falter.

Read on to see the updated odds and the best bets for Sunday’s final round.

2021 Honda Classic Odds

Golfer Position Score Odds
Matt Jones 1st -10 +110
Aaron Wise T-2nd -7 +700
Cameron Tringale T-4th -6 +1100
J.B. Holmes T-2nd -7 +1200
Sungjae Im T-7th -5 +1200
C.T. Pan T-4th -6 +2000
Sam Ryder T-4th -6 +2000
Keegan Bradley T-7th -5 +2700
Zach Johnson T-7th -5 +2700
Stewart Cink T-7th -5 +4100
Russell Henley T-13th -4 +4100
Chris Kirk T-13th -4 +5000

Odds taken March 20th at FanDuel

Matt Jones Searching for Second Win

Jones has to be shocked that he holds such a commanding three shot edge heading into Sunday’s final round given that Aaron Wise looked to be in complete control early on the front nine Saturday. Jones is first in strokes gained tee-to-green for the week, but he has some rather strange stats for other strokes gained categories.

Jones is T-55 in driving accuracy, T-38 in greens in regulation and 40th in SG: putting, which doesn’t exactly inspire a ton of confidence heading into the final day for a golfer in his 40’s who has only won once.

His +110 odds to win outright are super low for a player that doesn’t have a ton of prior success to draw from, meaning he doesn’t sport juicy odds to wager on.

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Honda Classic Last Five Winners

Year Winner
2020 Sungjae Im (-6) one shot win
2019 Keith Mitchell (-9) one shot win
2018 Justin Thomas (-8) playoff over Luke List
2017 Rickie Fowler (-12) four shot win
2016 Adam Scott (-9) one shot win

Best Live Value Picks for The Honda Classic

  1. J.B. Holmes (+1200): Apart from J.B. Holmes the top six players on the leaderboard have a combined three PGA Tour victories (Matt Jones, Aaron Wise, C.T. Pan all have one). Holmes has won five tournaments, making his odds very enticing given that he’s in a tie for second. Second in SG: tee-to-green, third around the green, seventh approaching the green and T-2 in birdies for the tournament.
  2. Keegan Bradley (+2700): Four-time winner Keegan Bradley has been on the cusp of getting back into the winner’s circle, as he was two back heading into Sunday two events ago at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He’s made the most birdies, is fourth in SG: off the tee and fifth tee-to-green this week. Most importantly, for a player who struggles mightily on the greens (206th in SG: putting this season), he’s a respectable T-34th in putts per green in regulation through 54 holes./li>
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